PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Senior Tyson Maugle won the Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week award, while sophomore Andrew Samson is the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday. The University of Pennsylvania football team won its fourth straight game in defeating Yale on Saturday, 9-7.
Penn has set an Ivy League record with four consecutive Special Teams Player of the Week honorees. This is the second such honor for Samson this season as he won the distinction on Oct. 6. Junior Chris Wynn was then the recipient on Oct. 13 and junior punter Kyle Olson was the award winner on Oct. 20. Penn has never had more than three winners of the awardinstituted in 1998in any given year. Overall, Penn has had six Player of the Week winners in the past four weeks.
Samson’s three made field goals were all the scoring Penn received in the Ivy League road win. Samson made all three of his attempts in the second half. He hit from 22, 27 and then 31 yards on three consecutive possessions. Samson made all his field goals in the final 18 minutes, moving Penn from a one-point deficit to a two-point lead in hitting the game winner with 4:35 remaining. The three makes matched a career-high for Samson and the third time in four games he has outscored the opponent by himself. He is four made field goals away from tying the single-season school record.
Maugle was one of many outstanding efforts produced by the Penn defense on Saturday. The Quakers held the Bulldogs to 92 total yards on 52 plays and a total of 15 rushing yards and six first downs. Maugle had 2.5 tacklestwo solo and 1.5 for loss. The Duncansville, Pa., native also had a game-changing sack for an eight-yard loss. The play turned the game around and ultimately swung momentum in favor of the Quakers en route to the eventual victory.
With Penn down 7-0, Maugle hit Yale quarterback Brook Hart, forced the ball loose and fell on it at the Yale 13-yard line. The turnover directly led to the first of three straight field goals.
Maugle shares the award with Harvard’s Eric Shultz who had 16 tackles and a critical sack in the closing minutes of a 24-20 win over Princeton.
Penn’s first-place matchup with Brown on Saturday will be on national television as the Ivy League unbeatens will be on the Versus network as the Ivy League Game of the Week. The Homecoming kickoff is slated for noon.
2008-09 Penn Ivy League Award Winners
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 27 Tyson Maugle
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 6 Andrew Samson
Oct. 13 Chris Wynn
Oct. 20 Kyle Olson
Oct. 27 Andrew Samson
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Oct. 20 Matt Hamscher
Penn ON the Ivy League Honor Roll
Week 1 (Sept. 22): Kyle Olson, Chris Wynn,
Week 2 (Sept. 29): Jordan Manning, Robert Irvin, Kyle Olson
Week 3 (Oct. 6): Jake Lewko, Chris Wynn, Michael DiMaggio
Week 4 (Oct. 13): Jay Colabella, Matt Hamscher, Andrew Samson
Week 5 (Oct. 20): Jay Colabella, Britton ErtmanWeek 6 (Oct. 27): Joe Goniprow, Jake Lewko